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posted by NCommander on Wednesday February 12 2014, @07:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the hello-world dept.
I know it's been a long wait, but we've been steadily moving towards launch. With luck, you're reading this on the main index of the site, which means we've gone, and haven't gone mad in the process. Now that we're here, we hope to have made the wait worth it, but we depend on everyone in the community. To make this site a success, we depend on each and every single user even if its just from passing word of mouth. Remember, every single user can submit stories, moderate, and contribute to discussions all at the same time, and that's what makes us unique. May I be the first to welcome you to your new home.So I've got a couple of things I want to write about for this introductory post. First off, I'm Michael, your local friendly admin, and part of the dev team who has put a fair bit of blood sweat, and tears into trying to make this site (and launch) go as smoothly as possible. There's a couple of technical issues that I need to address, but that will be in a separate post.

So, to start off, I first wanted to welcome everyone who volunteered to be an editor. Barrabas tells me we have 30-something people on that list as of last check, and I suspect it will continue to grow once this goes live. I'm somewhat blown away, but we need to have a bit of a reality check. One thing that made Slashdot so great was that it was a small group of editors who really knew tech. If we took everyone who volunteered, we'd be just another news site. So unfortunately, not everyone who applied is going to make the cut, and I apologize in advance for that.

The plan is the dev team will act as de facto editors at first. While its not a perfect litmus test, we worked together as a team to get slash working, so I'd like to think we know something about technology. During that time, we'll be hashing out the specifics for editor applications, and after weeding down the list, have them post their resumes here to face the jury so to speak. In my perfect world, we'll have 4-5 editors, with most of them elected by you, the users.

Now obviously, plans can change, and if you've got a better idea, we want to hear it below. Until then, keep submitting you're scopes, and we'll hopefully have an update in a couple of days.
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by crutchy on Monday February 17 2014, @07:15AM

    by crutchy (179) on Monday February 17 2014, @07:15AM (#470) Homepage Journal

    i'd like to contribute to soylent if possible.

    i know some php/css/html/js/mysql but don't have to code new things... i'd be happy just to review some code to look for bugs etc

    there's a bit of stuff about slashcode in the about etc but i had a bit of trouble there (404 on signup)

    not a seasoned developer but have been on the tools for a few years. i'm new to open source contributions though... all my work so far has been locked up in the intellectual property dungeons of companies i've worked for

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